What You’ll Find On the “Watch Catfish Online” Website
On this website is a collection of videos related to Catfish the movie and Catfish the TV show. They ‘re are presented here so you’ll have a single place to watch them without having to do a Google or YouTube search. Some of the video categories are listed below. (You an also scroll down this article to find out where you can watch episodes of Catfish for free).
Catfish Video Categories
- Catfish Advice
- Catfish Comedy
- Catfish Interviews
- Catfish the Movie
- Catfish Spoofs & Parodies
- Catfish the TV Show
- Celebrity Catfish
- My Catfish Stories
- Other Catfish Movies
The video clips are a lot of fun and explore different aspects of the world of Catfishing.
Catfish the Movie
The term Catfish is derived from a documentary-style movie called, appropriately, “Catfish.” Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, it’s the purportedly true story of how Ariel’s brother, Yaniv (Nev) Schulman met a woman online and, uninvited, travelled from his home in New York City to Michigan to meet her.
The documentary describes how Nev, a young New York photographer, had received a painting of one of his photos created by 8-year old Abby Pierce from Michigan. Nev and Abby become Facebook friends and their online friendship expands to include other members of Abby’s family, including her mother, Angela, and good-looking older half-sister, Megan.
Nev is attracted to Megan and they begin an online relationship. It’s at this point that Nev’s brother, Ariel, and Daniela Torrico begin to film. Nev begins to fall in love with Megan, even though he’s never met her.
After several months of the ongoing relationship with Megan and correspondence with her mother Angela, Nev begins to find inconsistencies in their stories, including evidence that songs she said she’d created were actually taken from YouTube. Other lies begin to emerge, and suspicious, Nev and film crew decide to travel to Gladstone Michigan to meet Megan, Angela and her family in person.
In Michigan, the crew cold-calls Angela and discovers that she’s a troubled 40-year old mother. When confronted, Angela initially attempts to continue the hoax but it quickly falls apart and she reveals that the pictures of Megan were of someone else (a photographer from Vancouver, Washington by the name of Aimee Gonzales), that Megan is estranged from the family and is actually in rehab in a different part of the state. In fact, Nev’s entire correspondence had been with Angela.
Angela admits that the different members of her family, including Megan, were all idealized characters she had invented. Not entirely happy with her current situation, her fantasy characters were living a life she’s imagined if she’d made different decisions when she was younger.
The Term “Catfish”
The term “Catfish” is now included in the Urban Dictionary and comes from this movie. It’s defined as:
A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.”
“Did you hear how Dave got totally catfished last month?! The fox he thought he was talking to turned out to be a pervy guy from San Diego!”
“I was really falling for that gorgeous gal on Facebook, but she turned out to be a catfish.”
Catfish the TV Show
The movie has been made into an MTV television series called Catfish: The TV Show, in which different episodes follow other people’s experience with online dating.
Watch Catfish Online Free
If you want to see complete episodes of Catfish the TV show, you’re in luck. MTV provides complete episodse for free. Just follow the link below to their website, where you can watch them online.
Unfortunately, the website is designed for use with the USA, so if you’re outside the country, you may have to click on your local MTV site, or…you may be out of luck. Read on for some other options.
I’ve also provided a link where you can purchase the movie, so you’ll always have your own copy. You could also check out Netflix, where you can sign up for a free month of service, watch the TV show and also watch Catfish the Movie online for free.